May is National Bike Month and this week is National Bike to Work Week.
The League of American Bicyclists provides a collection of bike education resources to help you ride confidently and safely that include Five Steps to Riding Better and a short PDF on Creating a Bicycle-friendly Workplace. The League sponsors the annual event and also publishes the comprehensive 2012 Ride Guide, a very good looking and info-packed listing of all cycling events in Wisconsin. Print copies are available at most bike shops and a PDF version is available online.
The 2012 Wisconsin Bike Challenge urges you to log your miles online or through your smart phone from May 1 to August 31 with the nationwide goal of “uniting 50,000 people to bike 10 million miles.” Earn recognition as a real Wisconsin bike champion and register to win prizes. It’s free and a lot of fun!
Map My Ride provides iMapMy, a fitness tracking tool that enables you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device (iPhone, Android and BlackBerry) to track all of your fitness activities. Record your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned and route traveled on an interactive map. You can even effortlessly save and upload your workout data to any of the Map My Fitness Websites where you can view your route workout data, and comprehensive workout history.
The 10th annual worldwide Ride of Silence will begin in North America on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 7 pm and roll across the globe. Wisconsin cyclists will be rolling forth between 5 and 7 pm at various locations, taking to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed.
…and Friday, May 18 is the League’s Bike to Work Day.